Fatal level crossing crash

A man has been killed after a car became trapped under a mainline train on a level crossing near Taunton. There is major disruption on trains between London Paddington and Plymouth

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Passengers still on board level crossing crash train

The crash happened at the level crossing at Athelney near Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The car was pushed 500m down the track by the 0546 First Great Western service between Exeter and Paddington. The car driver was killed but no one on board the train was injured.

Emergency crews are hoping to move the train back to the crossing within the hour to allow the 45 passengers to disembark.

PICTURES: Fatal level crossing crash near Taunton

The accident happened at the Athelney level crossing just before 6.30 am Credit: ITV News West Country
The car was pushed 500m down the track, killing the occupant Credit: ITV News West Country
There were around 45 people on board the train, which was travelling from Exeter to Paddington. No one on board was hurt Credit: ITV News West Country
The line between Taunton and Westbury is closed and trains have been diverted via Bristol Temple Meads Credit: ITV News West Country

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POLICE STATEMENT: Level crossing crash

Shortly before 6.30am, British Transport Police were called to reports of a car having been struck by a train at Athelney automatic half barrier level crossing.

The train involved is the 0546 Exeter to London Paddington service.

The train has not been derailed and there are no reports of any injuries to anyone on board.

The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are currently stopped in the area.

– British Transport Police spokesman

One person killed in level crossing crash

British Transport Police have confirmed that one person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset. It happened near Athelney, which is on the line between Taunton and Castle Cary.

There were no reports of any passengers on the train being injured in the crash.

The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are stopped in the area. First Great Western is operating replacement buses between Taunton and Westbury.

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